In My Mind’s Eye: Responses to Place
       
     
Digitas
       
     
Woodlands
       
     
Endangered Species
       
     
“Excusez-Moi?”
       
     
Same time, same place
       
     
Elegy for Winter
       
     
From Subjugation to Freedom
       
     
Aerial
       
     
Not Exactly What I Was Looking For
       
     
Be stilled life
       
     
M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition
       
     
Canberra Art Workshop
       
     
Hands On Studio
       
     
Place Less
       
     
Phil Page
       
     
Invasive
       
     
Towards Abstraction
       
     
Restoring the Balance
       
     
Collapse
       
     
Surround US
       
     
Mediated Landscape
       
     
Jus Soli
       
     
The Elements: Fire
       
     
Reflection
       
     
Seeing differently
       
     
Peta Morris
       
     
A Few Life Stories
       
     
bare witness
       
     
Scar
       
     
waterfront
       
     
In My Mind’s Eye: Responses to Place
       
     
In My Mind’s Eye: Responses to Place

Southern Highlands printmakers

Curated by Lynne Flemons and Kathy Orton

Gallery 1

2 May– Sunday 19 May 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 May

This exhibition draws on the diversity, skill, and professionalism of the 24 current members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers. It would provide a rare opportunity to showcase the quality of work being produced in the Southern Highlands in the field of printmaking to new audiences in Canberra.

Image: Margot Rushton, The Graveyard, 2019, 30 x 40cm, unique state: copper etching & chine colle.

Digitas
       
     
Digitas

Keely van Order

Gallery 2

2 May– Sunday 19 May 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 May

An exhibition of prints made through software applications to explore how technologies interact with human perception.

Image: Keely Van Order, 3 body problem, 2018, detail. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Woodlands
       
     
Woodlands

Shannon Donahue

Gallery 3

2 May– Sunday 19 May 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 2 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 19 May

The inspirations in my work come from nature and folklore, animals and nature are what inspire me, and I explore that through folk tales, from my family’s heritage and from the space around me.

Shannon Donahue, Woodland, 2018, cardboard, plaster, acrylic paint, 35 x 25 x 16cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Endangered Species
       
     
Endangered Species

Rachel Head

Gallery 1

23 May - 9 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 9 June

A thought-provoking exhibition aimed at shedding light on the plight of animals around the world that are now close to extinction. A percentage of the artwork sales will be donated to IAPF (International Animal Poaching Foundation).

The body of work includes detailed information about individual animals, leaving the viewer asking questions “how did it come to this?”

Image: Rachel Head, Gorilla, 2018, ink in paper, detail. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“Excusez-Moi?”
       
     
“Excusez-Moi?”

Tom Buckland and Belle Palmer

Gallery 2

23 May - 9 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 9 June

“Excusez-Moi?” is an installation that relates to ourselves and how we interact with our inner voices. In this collaboration, Belle Palmer and Tom Buckland interpret their own childhood experiences that shape their present everyday lives. This sculptural installation invites the viewer to immerse themselves into a disarray of familiar objects that create a space for our own reflections and to seek comfort in the uncomfortable - a metaphor for those moments in which we succeed to control our own “inner saboteurs”.

IImage: Belle Palmer & Tom Buckland, Excuse Moi (detail), 2019, found objects, electronics.

Photo: Georgia Martin.

Same time, same place
       
     
Same time, same place

Artists Society of Canberra

Gallery 3

23 May - 9 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 23 May

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 9 June

Same time, same place explores a sense of identity, connection, meaning, longing and attachment to a particular place. By allowing the artist to examining the passage of time by returning or re-connection to the well-known or familiar.

Image: Steve Tomlin, The harbour (detail), 2019, acrylic and collage on canvas.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Elegy for Winter
       
     
Elegy for Winter

Luke Aleksandrow, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Denise Ferris, Annika Harding, Ellis Hutch, and Shags

Gallery 1

13 - 30 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 June

Elegy for Winter is a group exhibition featuring emerging and established artists who engage with physical, intellectual and imaginative responses to winter landscapes in a changing climate. Their work spans photography, video, sculpture and painting.

Image: Ellis Hutch, Lake polish, 2016, still from performance on Lake Haukijärvi Finland

Photo Credit: Annika Harding

From Subjugation to Freedom
       
     
From Subjugation to Freedom

Rachell Theodorakis.

Gallery 2

13 - 30 June 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 13 June

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 30 June

A suspended installation narrating a personal journey of empowerment. Using bovine bones and waxed thread, the black and white colour palette expresses purification and the end of something, which brings forth a new beginning. The bones are symbolic of the self and the weaving becomes the storyteller.

Image: Rachel Theodorakis. Evolution Series III, 2017. Bone, acrylic paint, cotton thread, bees wax, stainless steel mount. 85 x 24 x 30cm.

Photo Credit: Brenton McGeachie

Aerial
       
     
Aerial

Michael Desmond, Peta Jones, Bryn Desmond-Jones, Ossian Desmond-Jones

Gallery 1

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

The exhibition brings together a family of four artists, all working in different ways, around the idea of ‘aerial’, that is of being ‘of the air’. Each artist has a unique understanding of what it means to them and differing means of expression that employ a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and digital media.

Image: Peta Jones, 2017, Sturt Pea Contruction 2,. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Not Exactly What I Was Looking For
       
     
Not Exactly What I Was Looking For

Adina West

Gallery 2

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

This body of work attempts to address the contemporary cultural phenomenon of simulating historically valuable materials. Not Exactly What I Was Looking For takes reference from familiar structural forms and reproduced materials in order to emphasise the extent to which the “veneer” is so inherent in our personal and material lives. Does the veneer offer us an avenue toward elegance or will it forever reinforce Walter Benjamin's sentiments? This body of work is at once a challenge to--  and reinforcement of the definition of elegance, as understood by the likes of Paulo Coelho.   

Image: Adina West, Not Exactly What I Was Looking For, 2019, oil and imitation gold leaf on canvas, 157 x 73 cm.

Photo Credit: Adina West

Be stilled life
       
     
Be stilled life

Racheal Bruhn

Gallery 3

4 - 21 July 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 4 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 21 July

A collection of images that cycle through the idea of still life and the containment of life in wet specimen containers. Exploring the idea of life gone, live bustling, and potential held suspended, through light, flesh and liquid separating the viewer from the time, the life suspended.

Image: Racheal Bruhn, Mother and daughter, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.

M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition
       
     
M16 Studio Artists' Exhibition

Gallery 1

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

M16’s studio artists present their annual group exhibition. Representing a broad cross-section of Canberra’s artistic practitioners, the exhibition highlights the diversity of professional art practice at M16 through

paintings, prints, drawings, jewellery and objects produced by both established and emerging artists.

Image: Open Studio day 2017

Photo Credit: Greer Versteeg

Canberra Art Workshop
       
     
Canberra Art Workshop

Gallery 2

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts at M16 Artspace. They welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. This exhibition presents a range of work including life drawing, pastel, watercolour, portraiture, print making and others – all made in Canberra Art Workshop’s studio.

Image: CAW interior courtesy of CAW

Hands On Studio
       
     
Hands On Studio

Gallery 3

25 July - 11 August 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 25 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 11 August

This exhibition showcases works by Hands-On Studio members. The works explore story-telling and were all produced from Hands-On classes.

Hands-On Studio is an arts organisation at M16 Artspace which seeks to provide people with all abilities the access to an art education. One of the studio’s objectives is to provide these artists with as many opportunities as possible to exhibit in mainstream gallery spaces.

Image: Gallery 3, Hands on Studio 2017

Photo Credit: Greer Versteeg

Place Less
       
     
Place Less

Gemma Bonshek Kane, John Hart, Saara March, Tiffany Karlsson, Anna Bonshek, Kim Goldsmith, Kyoko IMazu

Gallery 1a

15 August - 1 Septmber 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

Our place in the world can be bestowed upon us, sought for, lost and even expanded beyond into a world of groundlessness. Seven artists share their connection to place and the place ‘less’ through painting, print media, sculpture and ceramics.

Image: Gemma Bonshek Kane, Their Journey Is still Our Journey, 2016, 40x28x14cm, porcelainous stoneware.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Phil Page
       
     
Phil Page

Gallery 1b

15 August - 1 Septmber 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

This exhibition will present paintings which Page continues his exploration of Australia’s urban environments of Sydney and Melbourne as well as Canberra. Focusing on the way cities have developed as urban palimpsests where the painter can expose and present the layers of urban history which only been partly erased.

Image: Phil Page, Axial Instability, 2018, ink, metal leaf, acrylic on marine ply board, 9 panels 61x46cm.

Photo Credit: Dorian Photographs.

Invasive
       
     
Invasive

Rebecca Selleck

Gallery 2

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

In Australia, we have an interesting relationship with introduced species. Many that dominate the landscape today as indentured species were brought over with the First Fleet to create industry around their meat, milk, and skin. But, as species that didn’t evolve with the land, they have become another layer of forced environmental change that has had enduring consequences. Despite the mass destruction of complex ecosystems from the introduction of numerous livestock, crops, and farming methods onto a once well managed continent, the husbandry of animals such as cows and sheep has become part of our national identity. A notion of taming a wild landscape that has endured.

Image:Fenkata/Watering Hole, 2015, Rabbit pelts, found objects, electrics, heated wiring, steel, fabric, synthetic stuffing, 130 x 230 x 170cm (approximately)

Towards Abstraction
       
     
Towards Abstraction

Noelle Bell, Joan Costanzo, Manuel Pfeiffer, Alan Pomeroy, Mort Schipp, Peggy Spratt, Patricia Wheatstone, Delene White, Jenny Adams

Gallery 3

15 August - 1 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 15 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 1 September

Tin Shed art group will be looking with fresh eyes at what is so familiar in our everyday lives we often pass it by. It could be a rumpled bed or the washing-up, the bush by the back door or the kids eating breakfast. We will work to see beyond the superficial in order to understand the essence of what has become so familiar; drilling down to what makes something uniquely ‘it’ and nothing else.

Image: Noelle Bell, Untitled, 2017, detail. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Restoring the Balance
       
     
Restoring the Balance

Kerry Shepherdson, Di Broomhall, Narelle Phillips, Leo Robba.

Gallery 1

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

Restoring the Balance is concerned with the idea that everything is intrinsically connected to nature. In this exhibition the artists have responded to their specific discreet relationships with the transitions between fabricated and natural milieu.


Image: Di Broomhall, Matrix light, 2015, oil on canvas 120x90cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Collapse
       
     
Collapse

Benita Tunks

Gallery 2

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

An installation in response to the decline of the world’s bee population due to the continuing rise of corporate interests favoured over environmental and human needs.

Image: Benita Tunks, Bee Grave prototype, 2018, clay, wire, Photo courtesy of the artist.

Surround US
       
     
Surround US

Keith Bailey, Lex Beardsell, Ian Robertson, Alan Howard, Cherylynne Holmes, Jane Styles.

Gallery 3

5 - 22 September 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 22 September

The 2012 ConneXus group’s diversity will be demonstrated by the different media chosen such as painting, pottery, textiles and printmaking. The theme of SurroudUs is addressed by each of the artists to express involvement and experience of their personal surroundings, be it the beauty of natures’ variety or the complexity of the built environment. The artists hope that in the current world of negativity, conflict and fake news, this exhibition will present a feeling of calm, enjoyment and optimism.

Image: Ian Roberrtson, Shimmer of the Past, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas 110x50.5cm. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Mediated Landscape
       
     
Mediated Landscape

Frank Thiron and Graham Eadie

Gallery 1

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

This exhibition of photographs and paintings re-examines the landscape genre and through its emphasis on mediation, offers a new sensory experience. The works based in time and space support and play off one another, while source material informs and re-orients the fixed gaze towards an unexpected aesthetic experience.

Image: Frank Thirion, Beyond the bounds of possibility, 2018 Photograph on bond paper, 600x400mm.

Jus Soli
       
     
Jus Soli

Bec Bigg-Wither

Gallery 2

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

In the fiftieth anniversary-year of the first moon-landing, this exhibition considers space exploration and terrestriality. It grounds these poles in a local perspective, using historical NASA public domain images and my own photographs of the site of the former Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra, which helped track the Apollo moon-landing missions.

Image: Bec Bigg-Wither, Launch, 2018, inkjet print, 34x270 cm (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Elements: Fire
       
     
The Elements: Fire

Marily Stretton

Gallery 3

26 September - 13 October 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 October

This series of works examines Fire, the last of the four elements in a series of exhibitions undertaken by Stretton over several years at M16 Artspace. Air, Water, Earth and Fire are held to be the physical manifestations of our psychological make-up. Ultimately an examination of the elements is a reminder that life’s force depends on all four and on the balance, or lack of it, that we achieve among them.

Image: Marilyn Stretton, Untitled #2, 2017, acrylic on canvas paper, 30x42cm, Photo courtesy of the artist.

Reflection
       
     
Reflection

Kate Smith

Gallery 1a

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

Smith is fascinated by the Australian landscape, particularly moments of change such as dust storms, mists and rain. In these moments, familiar landscapes become bewildering, disconcerting and awe-inspiring.

Image: Kate Smith, Fog Study, 2017, mixed media, 165 x 115, Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Seeing differently
       
     
Seeing differently

Diana McPhetres, Rodney Moss, Neil Lade and Trevor Sutton

Gallery 1b

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

The rugged landscape near Lithgow inspired this series of imaginative and diverse paintings from four Canberra-based artists. The eight-day retreat in an isolated and breath-taking part of the Capertee Valley proved to be a perfect creative spark.

Image: Rodney Moss, Stormy, 2017, Acrylic on canvas.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Peta Morris
       
     
Peta Morris

Gallery 2

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

The works document a journey from the viewpoint of both the seen and unseen. From the bold solid shapes of the scenic vistas, to the microscopic cell structures that lie within both human and landscape forms.

Are we engaged to the environment through a visual pleasure? or upon realisation of our biological similarities? or is there something more to this experience that cannot be quantified?

Image: Peta Morris, Lifting the veil, 2018, Acrylic ink on paper.

A Few Life Stories
       
     
A Few Life Stories

Cait Wait

Gallery 3

17 October - 3 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 November

A collection of seven narrative portraits which illustrate and depict chosen people in a time and place. The oil paintings are a result of a collaboration between the artist and the subject, as they reveal their past, present future connections and memories.

Image: Wait Cait, Sal, oil on canvas, 90cm x 90cm

bare witness
       
     
bare witness

Bob McKendry, Kris Kerehona, David Hempenstall, Lisa Matiazzi, Mark Mohell

Gallery 1

7 - 24 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 November

There is profound liberation in the unpredictable, instinctive nature of simply experiencing the world – alive – away from the strictures of life’s routines and minutiae, social shackles cast aside. It is something that transcends any conscious outlook: to imbibe without limitation; to feel without rationale; to simply be and bear witness.

Image: Mark Mohell, Untitled 36, 2018, photograph.

Scar
       
     
Scar

Janet Angus

Gallery 2

7 - 24 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 November

An exploration of psychological space through painting and the processes involved. I am interested in the human condition, in particular the wounds we develop, the scars we bear and how these shape us over the course of our lives.

Image: Janet Angus, Where you stop is where I begin, 2018, Oil on board, 152 x 137 cm.

waterfront
       
     
waterfront

Petros Papoulis

Gallery 3

7 - 24 November 2019

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 November

Papoulis has a long-held fascination with the water’s edge. Observing how we interact with it, how we use it, what happens there and how the elements can affect it.

Image: Petros Papoulis, Kingston Drains, 2015, Crayon and Graphite On Paper, 58cmx79.5cm

Photo: Bruce Harley